St. Mary's City, Md. – Virginia Wesleyan College used two second-half goals to sneak past the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's soccer team, 2-1, in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon, putting a damper on the Seahawks' Senior Day.
Before the contest got underway today, seniors Taylor Colonna (Kingsville, Md./Perry Hall) and Jamie Roberts (Rockville, Md./Barrie) were recognized for their years of service to the Seahawk women's soccer program. The Seahawks have amassed 29 wins and eight draws in four years, including a Capital Athletic Conference mark of 19-9-4. These seniors helped St. Mary's capture the league crown and the program's first-ever NCAA tournament berth in 2008 as well as the program's first-ever national ranking.
Following a scoreless first half, Virginia Wesleyan (11-4-3), who is ranked seventh in the South Atlantic region, notched the first goal of the contest as junior forward Kristyn Anselmo (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) one-timed a left-side cross from first-year defender Lizzy Parr (Columbia, Md./Atholton) at 57:48.
The Marlins struck again nearly seven minutes later as sophomore forward Christina Fernandes (Tinton Falls, N.J./Tinton Falls) deflected first-year forward Brittini Dennis' (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) flick to the far post for a two-goal cushion with 25:35 remaining in the contest.
First-year midfielder Johanna Rambo (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown) denied Virginia Wesleyan its 11th shutout of the season as Rambo dribbled up the right side, zigzagging through the Marlin defense before launching a shot to the top left corner with 24 seconds on the clock.
The Marlins owned a 22-9 shot advantage as well as a 7-3 corner kick margin.
Seahawk goalie Kelsey Wirtz (Parkton, Md./Hereford) came up with a season-high nine saves while junior Bethany Bayles (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) finished with four stops for Virginia Wesleyan.
Third-seeded St. Mary's (5-7-3) will host a CAC first round contest on Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 pm in Seahawk Stadium and will face the No. 6 seed, University of Mary Washington. Saturday's contest marks the second time in a week that the Seahawks have met Mary Washington.